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Cub Tracks raises the steaks

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Theo speaks, Maddon comes back, change is in the air, and other bullets

MLB: NL Wild Card-Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs
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You’re not going to be able to tell me I didn’t have my thumb on the zeitgeist yesterday. The hot rails that the meatball takes travel on were way obvious, and still are. And I’m going to give myself credit for seeing the pasta pot boiling, because someone’s got to.

This is my third offseason at the wheel of the good ship Cub Tracks, and I’m gonna make it a smooth voyage. You’re welcome to come along for the ride.

I’m gonna take the bull by the horns, carve up the corpse of the 2018 baseball season, butcher the language, put the meat on ice, and examine the entrails. In other words, more of the same diet. If you have a beef with that, I’m sorry.

Next time, maybe we’ll go whole hog. As always * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

Cubs News and Notes:

“It sucks,” third baseman Kris Bryant said. “I’ve been fortunate to not be eliminated this early.

”This is the best time for this organization. The fans have suffered for a long time. I think it’s important for us to be proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish. We didn’t accomplish what we wanted this year, but there’s still a lot to be proud of where the Chicago Cubs have come from.” — Jesse Rogers.

Food for thought:

Thanks for playing along.